The imminent weekend heatwave has us all yearning for a sixth ice age (and an eighth Ice Age movie, perhaps entitled Ice Age: Just Kidding, It’s Global Warming, You Guys).
Before we petition for this cinematic masterpiece, though, let’s talk about five ways to beat the heat this weekend.
Put your sheets in the freezer
Your sheets are so tired of getting into heated arguments with your bed… give ‘em a little change of scenery and have them mingle with your ice cream for a day. By the time you take them out of the freezer, they will have cooled down.
Make your own air conditioning unit
If you don’t have your own A/C unit and your portable fans just aren’t cooling you down, worry not! You can make your own for just $8.00. All you’ll need is a Styrofoam cooler, a dryer vent, an old fan, and some frozen bottles of water.
Once you have all of your supplies, simply follow the instructions the video below and watch your toasty two-bedroom apartment turn into the Arctic Tundra!
Use cardboard covers in your car
In order to keep as much heat out of your car as possible, use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard.
Cut some sturdy cardboard to fit the glass in your car, and then wrap it in aluminum foil. Keep the shiny part facing outside. This will help insulate the cool air in your vehicle.
Apply vitamins C and E
During this heatwave, your skin is even more likely to be damaged by the sun’s harmful UV rays. When used in combination, products with vitamin C and E will help boost your skin’s natural tolerance to the sun and also control the formation of pigmentation.
These vitamins will help block free radicals from the body, thus reducing the risk of developing wrinkles. Check for lotions that have these ingredients and apply them to your skin.
Eat spicy foods
Although it might seem incredibly counterintuitive to eat foods during a heatwave that are, ya know, hot, studies show that a little spice can actually help cool you down. By increasing your blood circulation, these foods cause “gustatory facial sweating,” which raises your internal temperature. As a result, your body sweats more, thus making you feel less like you are walking through a forest fire.